Since his return from a 56-day sabbatical on Thursday, all eyes are on Rahul Gandhi's next move with regards to the revamp within the Congress party's ranks — a move impending since the disastrous 2014 General Elections.
Amid row over the Centre's Land Acquisition Bill, Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel on Thursday assured farmers her government would never acquire their land forcibly to be given to corporate houses and accused the Opposition of "misleading" the public on the measure.
BJP on Wednesday accused the Opposition parties of playing "obstructionist" politics by resisting the land acquisition Bill and said some of these parties had "sold prime lands" to private builders when they were in power.
Alleging that amendments carried out by the Narendra Modi government to the 2013 Land Acquisition Act will threaten identity of women which they get through owning land, a women's body Wednesday appealed to the Centre to bring reforms with gender justice.
Unhappy with Congress over its attempt to "corner" all the credit for the land bill protests after they played a "key role" in uniting opposition, 'Janata Parivar' leaders have indicated that they will chalk out a separate strategy in and outside Parliament.
Social activist Anna Hazare, who is opposing the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, is said to be keen on undertaking a fast in Delhi on the issue, but he is being dissuaded by activists from doing so on health grounds.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday hit out at the Opposition for "politicising" the land bill issue and questioned the Congress why it did not seek farmers' consent when it doled out coal mines to the "rich".
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Monday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was lying about the amendments made by his government to the land acquisition Bill, and said he "appreciates" the RSS' stand on the issue.
Amid hectic preparations for the April 19 'Farmers' Rally' against the land bill, top Congress leaders on Monday met a group of party workers from Haryana and exhorted them to ensure large participation to make the event a success.
Top Ministers of the NDA government met in the absence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Sunday and discussed major issues like the Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh and the strategy for the second part of the budget session of Parliament and the controversial Land Bill.
Several farmers' organisations on Thursday approached the Supreme Court challenging the re- promulgated land ordinance as "unconstitutional" and ultra vires of the Constitution and terming it as "colourful exercise of power" by the executive usurping law-making powers of the Legislature.
Former union minister and senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said on Tuesday that his party would continue to oppose the Land Acquisition Bill, pushed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the centre.
Training guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress on Tuesday discounted his contention that UPA government had excluded 13 Acts from the land bill which NDA has included in the amended version, and vowed to oppose the present format both inside Parliament and outside.
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said the party vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is currently on a sabbatical, will take part in the agitational programme on Land Acquisition Bill on April 19.